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Hello! I run a Final Fantasy CD site that has detailed info and scans on the many CDs released for both the video game series and other FF-related ventures. This journal is to make note of site updates and for general ramblings about Final Fantasy and video game music as a whole.

Are you perhaps looking for more information on the songs "1000 Words" or "real Emotion" from Final Fantasy X-2? Then have a look at this entry:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/chibischala/48958.html

If you're looking for a good resource on how to spot bootleg items (including music CDs), check this page:

http://www.digital.anime.org.uk/piratefaq.html

このサイトには、ファイナルファンタジーCDに関する情報があります。(英語です。) 訪問してください!

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May. 24th, 2012 @ 10:19 am Final Fantasy 1/2/3 Piano Opera - a review!
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: FF1 victory theme (I switched CDs ^_^ )
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Even though my site's no longer officially detailing CDs beyond FF13-2, Square Enix is still coming out with tons of releases focusing on music from previous games in the series. And, as I expected, I'm still collecting them, although not as quickly or eagerly as past releases. The site will eventually be updated with them, but the key word here is "eventually."

One thing SE recently released is the "Piano Opera Final Fantasy I/II/III." As much as I love piano music, SE has also released and re-released their piano collections so many times in some album or another that I started glazing over anything that had the word "piano" in it. So when I first heard about this album, I was very "eh, whatever" about it. It took me a few viewings (thanks to my email subscriptions to CD Japan and Amazon Japan that tell me of upcoming releases) to realize, "Hey wait a minute...there never HAVE been piano arrangements of FF1, 2, and 3 music!" I finally jumped on the CD after that.

So after various delays -- it came out on Feb. 29, nice release date, heh -- I finally have the album in hand and am listening to it. Of course I'm most familiar with the FF1 music because I've never played 2 or 3 (and probably never will, sadly, given my severe lack of time these days), and right now I'm getting a kick out of hearing the FF1 main theme (the overworld theme) played so energetically.

Overall, I think the arrangements are more robust and better performed than recent piano collections. I was rather disappointed in the light hand that was given to the FF8, 9 and 10 piano pieces that made them mostly unmemorable (and I like FF8 and 10!). But on this CD, songs like the Gurgu Volcano theme are performed with great energy, giving you a sense of the danger that you face in that dungeon. (Even given the relative slimness of the original volcano music, the piece that would REALLY impress me, if someone were to ever make one, is an arrangement of the Floating Castle theme. If you can make a good arrangement out of THAT, you have my respect. ^_~ ) Matoya's Cave includes an arpeggio that plays nearly constantly in the latter half that recalls the feeling of stepping into a good witch's cave.

The FF2 main theme adds tenderness and a little more upbeat feel to the song's usual somberness (I've always wondered about such a sad-sounding tune being the main theme of a game), while the FF1/2/3 battle medley and FF3's Last Battle get the same heart-pumping treatment as other piano-arranged fight songs. And although this really isn't dependent on the arrangement or performance, I'm impressed with FF3's Crystal Cave -- minus the Famicom's original screechy sounds, this song comes out a lot more beautiful (and less frightening) than I would have expected. Then again, given the proper care and instrumentation, any of the music from the Famicom games will sound good.

In short, I absolutely love this CD. It's about time Square Enix gave the piano treatment to the first three games, and it's very well done. You can get this album over at CD Japan or Play-Asia. Sheet music is also available from CD Japan or Play-Asia.
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Mar. 8th, 2012 @ 10:39 am Ending to CDs posted
Current Mood: busybusy
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Thanks once again to everyone who's sent me emails since I considered closing down the site. Now my life situation has gotten a little more in focus, and unfortunately this does mean that the site will no longer be updated with upcoming Final Fantasy CDs.

I've set FFXIII-2 as the last soundtrack CDs I will post sometime in the future. However, there are still a lot of compilation albums that come out, often with new arrangements from older games, and I admit I'm still a sucker for those. So it's very likely you will still see some updates in the miscellaneous section. And I will try to update the Yahoo Japan tutorial, although I rarely buy from there anymore also. And of course I still have a huge backlog of information to post on the CDs I already do have.

But for all intents and purposes, there will be no more soundtrack CDs added to the site. We'll see how much I manage to stick to that resolution -- I am still an FF fan at heart, and I must say it's difficult to pass up on those CDs when I hear about them. ^_~

Regarding the rest of my collection, about half of it sold during the massive email sale I conducted some months back. The rest are still up for grabs; I'll have more information about them hopefully next month.

Thanks everyone for all the support and comments over the years. I apologize to those who emailed me and never received a response; I will be going back to those messages and replying as it seems fit. I know it seems silly to respond to an email that was sent back in 2008, but I feel an obligation to do so.

You all take care, and feel free to email me comments. I am intending to still keep the site open and accessible for years to come, so if you know someone's who's just getting into Final Fantasy music, feel free to direct them to my site for information! I'd really appreciate it! ^_^
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May. 3rd, 2011 @ 11:32 am Various FF things
Current Mood: busyBusy. Busy busy busy.
My sale is about to enter the last phase in a few days; check my post if you'd like to join in.

As for the site, I've been making small changes here and there, mostly in the form of larger scans and more descriptive, uh, descriptions. I'm also finally starting to get to posting information on the newer CDs that have come out, such as the FF14 soundtracks and the FF13 drama CDs.

Hope you all are having a good year so far! ^_~
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Feb. 7th, 2011 @ 07:28 am Sale starting, but site still going
Current Mood: busybusy
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Thank you to everyone for the comments and support. Unfortunately, circumstances have made it so that I do need to sell off most of my Final Fantasy CD collection. One of the practical realities of the situation is that I just don't have the space to keep such a large number of CDs anymore.

I will admit that I'm sad to see these CDs go. I've spent a lot of time building up this collection and it is a point of pride to have such an extensive one with many collector's pieces. But unfortunately I've come to the point where reality clashes with pride. I will be keeping certain CDs for my favorite FF games, so it won't be a complete clearing out. In a lot of ways, it's really just a big paring down to those CDs I really enjoy -- just on a far larger scale.

Phase 1 of the sale is starting today, Feb. 7. If you'd still like to join, read my post at Soundtrack Central.

The site will still be going, at least for the time being. I've already committed to some of the FF CDs that will be coming out later this year, so details of those will be posted eventually. I haven't yet updated the site with those upcoming CDs, as I've been focusing on a lot of other things, and not just the sale. I have big personal life changes that were another reason for doing the sale. It'll probably be in the later half of this year that I'll be able to take a breather and update the site, not only with the new CDs, but also with better scans of the old ones and information that I've been meaning to add and rewrite.

So the site will go on! It's just reached, as Bamatone said, the end of one era and the beginning of another. I hope it'll be just as informative as before.

Thanks again for all the support!
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Dec. 17th, 2010 @ 09:10 pm Selling off majority of FF CDs
Current Mood: apatheticcough. cough.
Because of various big life-changing reasons, I'm selling off the vast majority of my FF collection, including LPs (vinyl records) as well as CDs related to the FF series somehow. Because I have so many CDs -- I don't think I'm joking when I say that I probably have the most extensive collection of FF CDs that I know -- I'm splitting the sale into several parts, starting in late January 2011, and it will be held via email only. Read my post at Soundtrack Central for more details and to join the sale.

What this will mean for the future of the site, I really don't know. After this, I just won't have the resources or time to update as much as I would like. My interest in the series was fast waning after FF10, and with FF13 and FF14, I've almost completely lost interest.

Also, to be honest, I'm a little tired with Square Enix milking the FF cash cow. SE came out with a glut of compilation CDs in the past few months and that ended up pushing me over the edge as I tried to keep up with them, but couldn't because of other obligations.

I'll think about it more after I'm done with the sale. If you have any thoughts, feel free to respond or send me an email.
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Aug. 30th, 2010 @ 09:51 am Yet another FF13 CD coming!
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Square Enix is REALLY testing me. Now a drama CD for FF13 is due to be released Sept. 15. It must have been announced some time ago, because the first pressing is already sold out on CD Japan. Either that or FF13 fans REALLY pounced on this fast.
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Aug. 16th, 2010 @ 07:36 am More FF CD's a-comin'
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Wow, Square Enix is coming out with a lot of CDs. Added bare-bones information for the upcoming FF14 Battle Tracks, Symphonic Fantasies, Square Enix Battle Tracks Vol. 2 and SE Battle Tracks Vol. 3. Great, JUST when I caught up with the LAST batch of FF-related CDs, heh.
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Aug. 14th, 2010 @ 03:58 pm Talk about optimism.
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I was doing a cursory search on Yahoo Japan for Final Fantasy CDs and came upon this most interesting series of auctions:

Seller"s name removed to protect the silly.Collapse )

See that "1,000,000" on the right side of several of the auctions? That's the "buy it now" price that the seller has set. As in, 1,000,000 yen, which equals about $11,600 in current exchange rates. Almost $12,000 for a CD that isn't THAT hard to find -- the seller must have some SERIOUS optimism. Even I wouldn't pay that much for this CD.

Here's a closeup screenshot of the information for one of the CDs, the Final Fantasy Symphonic Suite:

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Remember folks, caveat emptor -- "buyer beware."
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Aug. 13th, 2010 @ 10:56 am FF14 CD on the way
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Added a bare-bones page for the upcoming FF14 Field Tracks, which is expected to include BGM from the game. Wow, this month is turning out to be pretty busy for me in terms of updates.
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Aug. 10th, 2010 @ 10:38 am And another FFCD update
Current Music: Zanarkand - Distant Worlds II
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Added information and scans for Distant Worlds II. I also started a bit of formatting cleanup, so some pages may look a bit different from others in minor ways.
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